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Green Tuesday: Crowds line up at 1st East Coast pot shops

Nov. 20, 2018 5:57 PM EST

LEICESTER, Mass. (AP) — Customers waited in long lines, sometimes for hours, on a cold and rainy New England day to be among the first people to legally buy recreational marijuana on the U.S. East Coast. More than two years after Massachusetts voters approved of legalizing marijuana for adults, the state's...

Telecom official crisscrosses Vermont to check cell coverage

Nov. 19, 2018 3:07 PM EST

ROYALTON, Vt. (AP) — Can you hear him now? Corey Chase is driving at a snail's pace along the dirt roads around Royalton and Barnard in a state-owned Prius, backing his car into driveways, turning around, retracing his route. Mounted inside the car to his left is a mobile phone showing a map on its screen...

Limiting screen time for your kid? It's harder than it looks

Nov. 19, 2018 2:53 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — It is Saturday morning, and 10-year-old Henry Hailey is up at the crack of dawn. Still in PJs, his microphone-equipped headphones glowing blue in the dim basement, he fixates on the popular online game "Fortnite" on a large screen. "What?! Right as I was about to finish it, I died," he calls...

General Electric shuffles management at power unit

Nov. 19, 2018 12:56 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — General Electric Co. is shuffling leadership in its struggling power unit, part of the company's ongoing effort to slim down operations. Power is GE's largest division, and it pulls in more than a third of the company's revenues. But demand for its key gas turbines has fallen as consumers...

GE's sprawling power, aviation, health care arms add risk

Nov. 19, 2018 11:57 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — General Electric has long been a household name, manufacturing a spectrum of goods from light bulbs and air conditioners to MRI machines and jet engines. The company expanded rapidly in the 1980s under former CEO Jack Welch, accumulating financial companies and the television network NBC....

Up to 350 jobs headed to Butte with a new call center

Nov. 19, 2018 10:44 AM EST

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — A provider of outsourced call center and other business services is planning to open a new facility in western Montana, bringing up to 350 new jobs by next spring to Butte. Oregon-based FCR announced Friday its new office will offer customer service and technical support jobs answering...

Limiting screen time for your kid? It's harder than it looks

Nov. 19, 2018 9:59 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — For many parents, limiting screen time for their children seems like an exercise in futility. They are busy, overwhelmed and tired of the fight against increasingly omnipresent screens. Barb and Allen Hailey know the drill well, including the tussles to get their 10-year-old son, Henry, to...

Former Aberdeen residents develop new migraine medication

Nov. 19, 2018 2:07 AM EST

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — When Ryan Darling and Kirk Johnson were growing up in Aberdeen, science was their thing. But they wouldn't know each other until they met as scientists at the global pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly in Indianapolis. Johnson, 57, graduated from Central High School in 1980. Darling, 44,...

New $14M boutique hotel to break ground in El Dorado in 2019

Nov. 19, 2018 1:06 AM EST

EL DORADO, Ark. (AP) — El Dorado's downtown will see a new addition to the Murphy Arts District by mid-2020 with the announcement of a new boutique hotel. In a news release, officials with the locally-based ownership group announced that the new hotel, called The Haywood, is scheduled to have its...

Thousands of homes still without gas service after blasts

Nov. 17, 2018 12:28 PM EST

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — The company at the center of the natural gas explosions in Massachusetts in September says it has restored gas service to about 60 percent of affected homes, but nearly 1,760 families remain in temporary housing. The Sept. 13 blasts in Andover, Lawrence and North Andover destroyed or...